Sport 4 Life UK, the Birmingham-based charity which delivers sports-themed personal development programmes to young people across the West Midlands, is staging a series of free Easter holiday sports camps for 11 to 17-year-olds.

The first sports camp will take place at Aston Powerleague at Birmingham’s Salford Stadium and run from Monday, April 5 to Friday, April 9 between noon and 3pm. In addition to sports sessions and refreshments in the form of water and healthy snacks, participants will also have an opportunity to gain a free, CV-enhancing sports leaders’ qualification.

Alongside this, on Friday, April 9 attendees will be able to get involved with a voluntary Easter social action project aimed at improving their local neighbourhoods and solving problems affecting communities. This event will offer free pizza and Easter eggs, courtesy of Sport 4 Life UK corporate partner Tickd.

During the second week of the Easter holidays, the sports camps will continue at Hodge Hill College in Bromford Road, Birmingham, from today, Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16, again between noon and 3pm. Participants will also be able to join sports sessions and gain a free sports leaders’ qualification.

Tom Clarke-Forrest, founder and CEO Sport 4 Life UK, said: “I can’t tell you how delighted we are that we’re able to reconnect with young people in person and start providing personal development programmes again, after a long hard winter under lockdown. By combining physical activity with qualifications that help young people build leadership skills and friendships, we are making a meaningful difference to their life chances. This is particularly important right now, because all the data shows young people have been the most adversely affected economically by the pandemic and downturn. With that in mind, we very much look forward to welcoming youngsters back to our activities and supporting their life goals.”

Sports leaders is an enjoyable qualification that is easy to achieve by leading sports sessions and completing a short workbook. It is a recognised qualification and will enhance any CV or college or university application. The qualification involves lots of practical sport, discussion on leadership and designing and leading mini-coaching sessions.